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sexualize

[ sek-shoo-uh-lahyz or, esp. British, seks-yoo- ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃu əˌlaɪz or, esp. British, ˈsɛks yu- /
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verb (used with object), sex·u·al·ized, sex·u·al·iz·ing.

to render sexual; endow with sexual characteristics.

RELATED WORDS

sterilize, spay, mutilate, castrate, decontaminate, neuter, disinfect, sanitize, pasteurize, fix, change, doctor, unsex, geld, dress, alter, emasculate, purify, incapacitate, clean

Nearby words

sexual reproduction, sexual revolution, sexual selection, sexuality, sexualization, sexualize, sexually, sexually transmitted disease, sexually transmitted diseases, sexwale, sexy
Also especially British, sex·u·al·ise.

Origin of sexualize

First recorded in 1830–40; sexual + -ize
Related formssex·u·al·i·za·tion, nounde·sex·u·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·sex·u·al·ized, de·sex·u·al·iz·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for desexualize (1 of 2)

desexualize

desexualise

/ (diːˈsɛksjʊəˌlaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to deprive of sexual characteristics by the surgical removal of the testicles or ovaries; castrate or spayOften shortened to: desex (diːˈsɛks)
Derived Formsdesexualization or desexualisation, noun

British Dictionary definitions for desexualize (2 of 2)

sexualize

sexualise

/ (ˈsɛksjʊəˌlaɪz) /

verb

to make or become sexual or sexually aware
to give or acquire sexual associations
Derived Formssexualization or sexualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for desexualize

sexualize


v.

1839, from sexual + -ize. Related: Sexualized; sexualizing.

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